Zakynthos Dafni beach

Dafni Zakynthos: Unlike other beaches in the area, the road to Dafni is very bumpy and in pretty bad condition. It also goes on for quite a distance and there is a sharp descent near the end. At the bottom you find the pleasant beach of Dafni.

The view from here of the cliffs is nice and the development has been kept to a minimum here. There are two levels to the beach with the top one full of loungers. The bay has rocks in its confines and is popular with snorkelers, a short distance away is the island of Pelouzo which adds to the beach view.

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wrote on Dec 26, 2013

Unlike the beaches of Kalamaki and Laganas for example, the road to Dafni is very bumpy and in bad condition. Main reason for this is that the area is part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos and owned by the World Wildlife Fund. The development here is completely illegal. If you tend to find some nice place for swimming or sunbathing, please do visit the beaches of Kalamaki, Laganas or others more noth on the island where accomodation is adequate and legal.

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wrote on Dec 27, 2013

ARCHELON and the preservation of the carretta-carretta sea turtle.

Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON - the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece - has been to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles.
ARCHELON works closely with state agencies, the local authorities, institutions, other NGOs, fishermen and local inhabitants in order to mitigate and reverse population reduction of sea turtles. Certain projects are co-funded by the European Commission. Priority is given to the elaboration and implementation of integrated management plans in the major loggerhead nesting areas in Greece (Zakynthos, Bays of Kyparissia and Lakonikos, and Crete). On Zakynthos ARCHELON conducts its projects under an agreement with the National Marine Park (NMPZ). Pilot sand dune restoration projects have been carried out behind nesting beaches.

Some facts and figures :
ARCHELON relies heavily on voluntary work. Every year over 500 volunteers from all over the world are helping with the work on the nesting beaches and in the Rescue Centre.
Every summer the major nesting areas in Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete - around 75 kilometres - are daily monitored.
Every year over 2,500 nests are protected against human threats, predation and sea inundation.
Every year around 300 turtles are tagged in order to monitor their movements in the sea using satellite transmitters.
Over 50 injured sea turtles are treated every year at the Rescue Centre at Glyfada.
About 200,000 tourists are directly contacted through ARCHELON's diverse information programmes every year.
Over 15,000 students participate every year in the educational programmes.
Before visiting the beautiful beaches of Laganas, Kalamaki, Daphni or Gerakas ... please be aware of the efforts and resources that are made to preserve these areas. As they also have been selected by the carretta-carretta sea turtles as their environment for breading. Both humans and sea turtles do share the same locations, the same planet and the same future.

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